In the cartoon The Family Circus, the little boy in the family was sending a
Christmas card to his grandmother. He said, “I know Grandmother likes only
religious cards, so I’m sending her this one with St. Nick on it.” Many of
us laugh at that, but in a practical sense, we are the same as that little boy.
For we take great pains to celebrate the secular Christmas, but spend little
time preparing for the spiritual Christmas.


Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible
College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.

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About The Author

A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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